Trudeau Liberals Ignoring Devasting Mill Closures

Kamloops, BC (July 5, 2019): Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, issued the following statement today:

“In recent weeks, the closures and reduction of sawmills have devasted communities across the interior of British Columbia,” MP Cathy McLeod said. “I wrote to the federal minister responsible for economic development the day after learning that Canfor would be shutting the doors of its Vavenby mill, impacting 178 employees, their families, their kids’ schools, and their municipalities. The situation has deteriorated even more since, and there has been nothing but silence from the federal Minister.”

“To provide no acknowledgement or response reveals a complete indifference to the issue on the part of the Minister and Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government in Ottawa,” MP McLeod said. “It’s clear they are more worried about their electoral future than doing the job of standing up for Canadian workers and their families.”

“The federal government failed to make softwood lumber part of the NAFTA 2.0 negotiations,” said MP McLeod. “Justin Trudeau promised to resolve the ongoing dispute with the United States – he must take action immediately.”